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>> glenn: last night we join out egtian map and plus youth equals revolution. tomorrow we have much more on the story. really nine seconds, i better say good night from america. good night new york. >> president obama defends his budget saying he took a scapel to the spending and not a machete and the president says his administration got egypt just about right but what about iran? live from our studio in washington. this the special report. >> shannon: good evening, i'm shannon bream in for brett baier. the president held a news conference to try to drum of support for just released budget proposal which has been criticized for not a plan
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dealing with entitlements. carl cameron reports on what republican lawmakers plan to do about the entitlement issue but we begin with white house correspondent mike emanuel on the sales pitch. >> the morning after his $3.7 trillion budget was released he held a news conference to defend it. >> the first step is to make sure we are stabilizing the current situation. >> he has taken a great deal of heat by not offering plans for bloated entitlements and medicare and medicaid. he is not trying to wait out the republicans. >> this is not a matter of you go first or i go first but everybody having a serious conversation about where we want to go and then ultimately getting in the boat at the same time so it doesn't tip over. i think that can happen. >> reporter: but with unemployment at 9% most americans are worried about job creation. >> taking a look at your budget,
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tax hikes proposed for energy, higher income people and also for replenishing state funds. do you worry about jobs, sir? >> there is a whole bunch of stuff for job creation. some folks noticed our infrastructure proposals. >> that includes adding 15,000 employees to the federal payroll 8,000 in homeland security and 6,000 at the treasury. many other aspects are negotiable. >> my hope what is different this time we have an adult conversation where everybody says, here is what important and here is how we're going to pay for it. >> but critics say mr. obama is not showing presidential leadership. >> the budget offers no hope in terms of the growth of the economy. the pro-growth policies that we need in combination with spending restraint to get our fiscal house in order is not in
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the budget. >> there is no guarantee there will be agreement because the last budget was passed in 2010 in 2009. >> there is a tendency for us to assume that if it didn't happen today, it's not going to happen. >> reporter: the president says his goal is to actually solve the problem, not getting a good headline on the first day, but bad headlines may means that he needs to get out and sell his budget again today. >> shannon: thank you, mike. republicans on the hill are being harsh on the president's budget but carl cameron says even democrats are unhappy. >> the democratic chairman of the budget committee pans the budget plan for ignoring the crisis facing medicare and medicaid. >> you can't solve this problem by looking at 12% of the budget. i hope my colleagues are listening.
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we can't afford to wait until markets collapse. >> reporter: conrad, a fiscal hawk says he saw no effort to tackle the long term debt crisis. jack luce says they are trying to move gradually to avoid a shock to the system. >> we have to stop adding to it and this budget would get us there. >> before the committee the reception was more chilly. >> he punted. he said confronting our debt head-on, president has presented us with a budget, spends too much and borrows too much and taxes too much and that costs jobs and opportunity. >> paul ryan said, it's going to include real entitlement reforms so we can have a conversation with the american people about the challenges. telephoning before the house ways and means committee. treasury secretary tim geithner warned against deep tax cuts.
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>> we can't grow away out of their deficits, they will not go away on their own and they won't be solved by deeply cutting into investments that are critical for future growth. >> but they admitted that the president's proposal push tough decisions down the road and envisions the deficit goes back up. >> it starts to creep up and it starts to be a problem again 20 years ago. why did you duck. why did you not take the opportunity to lead? >> they chided the white house to embrace the findings that the bipartisan action is needed. >> compromise is not a dirty word. getting things done requires give and take. we should begin that conversation now. >> but the senate republican leader put much sharper point on it. mitch mcconnell says he wants them to tackle entitlement reform for the past year and republicans said there will be no agreement unless there is bipartisan effort and it's led
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by the president. >> shannon: thank you. >> retail sales rose in january, seventh straight increase. dow dropped 14 1/2, s&p 500 gave back 4 1/3. nasdaq lost under 13. china reduced the u.s. debt, second biggest drop. japan and britain second and third largest both boosted their holds. >> president obama says egypt will need help but are we sending the right signal? how more on a potential powder keg in the region. >> three weeks to the day after his secretary of state described the mubarak regime as stable and responsive. president obama defended his team's handling of the revolution they stood for the
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right values and calibrated things just about right. >> the military council that is in charge has reaffirmed treaties with countries like israel and international treaties. it has meant with the opposition and they felt it's serious about moving toward fair and free elections. >> reporter: he also rejected charges that his administration support for the protestors in iran was the case of too little, too late when the uprising in iran had a greater chance of success. >> we were clear then and clear now. understanding that america cannot ultimately diblg at a time what happens inside of iran any more it could inside of egypt. >> we can lend moral support to those who are our seeking a better life for themselves. >> reporter: in tehran, members of parliament chanted for meeting opposition politicians
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to be put to death. while mahmoud ahmadinejad warned sternly that the enemies of iran will fail. president obama saying the u.s. can do more than just lend moral support. >> the u.s. has a long history of encouraging people to go out and streets and not supporting them materially and can lead to unnecessary bloodshed. if we were really providing assistance even covertly to the iranian opposition i would feel a lot better. >> do you know that to be the case or not? >> i don't think we've done enough over the past ten years to assist the anti-regime forces and i think that cost cost us an opportunity after the elections. >> reporter: one way in which the people can help twitter users and blog users is spend money. that we are doing. $25 million this year according to an announcement by secretary of state xion from shielding them from jamming.
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>> technology has changed how the protests have developed. okay, thank you. >> muslim brotherhood is making promise and more news on hosni mubarak. david lee miller live on the phone from cairo where it's just after 1:00 in the morning. >> the muslim brotherhood is preparing to become a political party. the fundamentalist movement says it is going to put forth candidates for parliament but will not take part in presidential elections. the military council now running the country paved the way for giving the brotherhood legitimacy by giving them an eight-member panel. some analysts believe the muslim brotherhood could be a political force in egypt. last week president obama played down the group saying it is only one faction in egypt. meanwhile, tomorrow, representatives of the youth
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movement here that fueled the revolution are said set to meet with the ruling military council calling for a number of things, including a listing of emergency laws, release of political prisoners and start of trials of corrupt politicians. tonight more conflicting reports about mubarak's health. they say the former president is deteriorating and refuses to go abroad for treatment. the military says he is still breathing but will not elaborate and one report cites a source saying the president is fine and receiving phone calls. >> shannon: david lee miller from cairo. thanks for the update. >> a dictator who still in power is cutting back on gifts this year. we'll tell you who and why. up next, before cutting back on next year's budget congress has to figure out what to do for
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begins in earnest there is something else to take care of. a chief correspondent reports on paying the bills right now. >> reporter: there is something far more pressing for the budget next fiscal year that begins in october. it's the lack of a budget for year and republicans want to cut now and not later. >> we are not waiting for the next year. we are doing it now. we'll be on the floor cutting more than a hundred billion dollars. >> reporter: the government and agencies are operating on what they are calling a continuing resolution that authorizes them to spend at current levels. five months in the budget year they can't take back money already being spent making the cuts difficult. the cuts are sweeping and painful. >> when we do our budget analysis, it should be done with a scapel, like a surgeon would approach it, not with meat axe. >> that spending educates our children, promotes our health
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and commerce and building the economy. >> democrats raled argued they are job killers but differ on the numbers. >> we estimate it will cut about 800,000 jobs, both public and private. >> a full $100 billion cut to discretionary spending would likely result in job losses on the order of 994,000. >> but house speaker points out from a letter from 150 economists that reducing spending helped job creation. >> you can't spend money you don't have. massive debts lead to massive tax increases. massive tax increases lead to no jobs. >> speaker boehner identified one area of jobs he thinks should be cut. >> since president obama has taken office federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. if some of those jobs are lost
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in this, so be it. we're broke. >> there was disagreement over details. democrats argue that it would cut housing for homeless veterans but they say it's not true. >> there are 30,000 vouchers available today. only 19,000 have been used. there are 11,000 vouchers waiting. >> reporter: the debate over every nook and cranny of federal spending will take another two days in part because unlike the last congress, anyone is allowed to propose an amendment and some 400 have been offered the speaker says the house is in uncharted waters and he is ready for whatever. >> shannon: amid all the negative economic news, the story of an amazing recovery. laura ingle reports of a business that rose up out of ashes. >> we see the remnants which is
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nothing. >> the fire that consumed the nation's oldest and largest forge ripped through with scorching intensity leaving the factory and retail store in ruins and jobs in question. >> it's been there for 30 years. >> i was horrified. it was one of those times when you say, what am i going to do tomorrow? >> they have been producing by hand metal heirlooms at the forge since 1923. last year's fire might have been the end but the company got back on its feet and nearly added 40 employees in the process. >> literally since the fire the amazing things that have happened to our little company are miraculous. >> the week of the fire, insurance adjusters they should expect to be out of business for nine months but with tremendous support from the community they
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were back in business within five days. >> you saw the love of this community and i saw the love of each of our employees demonstrated in that fire in ways that you can't explain. >> reporter: with a workshop rented at a good price. they turned out the largest order in history within weeks of the blaze, from pittsburgh penguins for 20,000 commemorative items. owners of a outlet stepped up offering retail space. >> we put our situation ourselves and we knead for wendall august and they had to be open to stay in business. >> it shows when we are down, when something bad happens, americans rise up and we help each other. >>. >> shannon: president obama awarded the nation's highest
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civilian honor to 15 people. among the group receiving the medal of freedom, former p.george h.w. bush and warren buffett and congressman john louis and bill russell and baseball's stan the man musial. >> capitalism goes where it hasn't been before. and up next, the problem with pakistan.
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pakistan is supposed to be an american ally. it get billions in u.s. aid. think report that pakistan is not acting like a friend in one politically sensitive case. >> reporter: protestors crowded
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streets calling the death by hanging of an american counselor raymond davis. last month davis opened fire and killed two motorists. he says it was an act of self-dst but police are calling it cold-blooded murder. he is being held in prison how a cell phone video was released that reportedly show him a arguing with his captures. >> now the street shooting has grown into an international showdown between the u.s. and pakistan between high level meetings and threats are abounding. >> so a relationship which all agrees is important is now mired in frustration, anger and bitterness. >> president obama may have upped the stakes today suggesting that pakistan's is a
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violation of diplomatic law. >> if our diplomats are in another country and they are not subject to that country's local prosecution. >> senator john kerry arrived in pakistan late today seeking his release. >> my hope is we can find away together without politics, without getting into ideology or other things. >> reporter: he is not the only washington figure monitoring this crisis. hillary clinton has announced that mark grossman will assume the role as special envoy. he will have his hands full. they are facing pressure not just from the u.s. but from the polar opposite the taliban who as threatened to punish with death to anybody that helps his
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release. >> u.s. customs enforcement say two agents have been shot in mexico. the agents were driving between mexico city and monterey when they were attacked by unknown assail nts. there is no word on their condition. >> back here at home. there are new questions about the f.b.i.'s investigation of deadly anthrax attacks ten years ago. >> reporter: this is the worst bioterrorist attack that killed five americans and shut down capitol hill. while the evidence points an army insider is guilty but the case that was officially closed last year rested on the conclusion that the anthrax ka crime from a bio research facility. we learned that the powder was not identical and neither grown in two separate batches and the scientists said the department of justice overstated its case. >> the scientific link between the letter material and the
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flask number 1029 is not as conclusive as dated in the doj summary. >> reporter: the f.b.i. has long maintained, it was the totality of the investigative process that determined the outcome of the case. but it was not enough for a leading republican. they say the national academy science report released today that the science is not necessarily a slam-dunk. there are no excuses for an independent review on how the f.b.i. handled the investigation in the anthrax case. the scientific evidence was part of the case against researcher group advance. he killed himself with an overdose of tylenol as he became a primary subject to the case. many asked why he chose to kill himself with such a slow and painful death.
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>> shannon: government lawyers defended their efforts how classified documents ended up on the wikileaks website. they are fighting a judge's order demanding information about their twitter accounts. the action does not involve julian assange or the soldier suspected of leaking those documents. they have rejected an effort for tsa workers to get union rights and misusing body scan images punishable by a year in prison and a fine up to $100,000. >> details next on the grapevine and another complaint that nancy pelosi is sore loser. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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from an employer that we were going to work for the president they would crucify us. >> another moderate democrat is complaining about being ignored by nancy pelosi. dennis cardoza tells role call, there are a lot of us that feel alienated. blue dogs and moderates don't feel they are reached out at all. the comments after north carolina's schuller last week. she is working with all members of the caulk us. >> and it appears north korea's leader kim jong-il is cutting back. he usually hands out cars and watches in an attempt to get loyalty. but he has to buy knock-offs from china. he celebrates his 69 birthday on wednesday. >> the law prohibits welfare
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cards from used at casinos and race tra tracks and other stores. >> one small business at a time is change in cuba. there is an american import in a communist nation. >> up and down havana's streets, signs of free mark capitalism are blossoming and it's all entirely legal in a country which for 50 years has condemned the evils of capitalism. since september. 75,000 cubans have become entrepreneurs. some turn their homes or restaurants, others barber shops and scooter repair businesses. just some of the 178 activities now in the country. >> it was cuban socialism for many years. >> they say part of this change is shear necessity. cash strapped government is laying off half a million
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workers as it sheds millions of dollars from the payroll. >> the government can't afford to pay for all the people that are on the government payroll will it doesn't want them to crash so it allows them make money in private businesses. >> but the care on the of capitalism is frustrating in a poor country where supplies are far from abundant and inventories are minimal. >> as time goes by i am getting more customers. sometimes i make about thousand pesos a day, sometimes you don't find good products and can't offer good deals. >> the black market has been tolerated for years another theory to explain the economic experiment by legalizing the activities the state can tax them bringing in needed revenue and remain in control and communist. >> shannon: former president bill clinton is in haiti today.
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yesterday passed a similar version a little bit longer extension. >> all right. back to our top story. budget and president selling it. take a listen. >> what my budget does is to put forward some tough choices, some significant spending cuts but at the same time we are going to make key investments like education and science and technology, research and development. >> instead of confronting our debt head on, he has presented us with a budget that spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much and that costs jobs and opportunities. >> shannon: all right. let's bring the panel. steve hayes, writer for the wreakly standard and charles krauthammer, welcome to you all. didn't start with a lot of common ground. he talked about the fact they are going to have conversations and meet in the middle, not there yet? >> no.
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i think it's interesting to put out a politically cautious blueprint and kind of refuse to cut deeply. release such what is going on in the house this week which is spending bill for the remaining seven months of fiscal 2011. president obama has a budget for 2012, but when they try to get this impasse we're coming for march 4th it could bleed into the debate on whether to raise the debt ceiling. the president has gotten the parties further apart than a week ago and increasing the likelihood of a shutdown. you can make the argument that if he came out and tried to propose entitlement reforms i don't see what would be wrong with him doing it first. >> shannon: and constant accusations from republicans in
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one of difficult areas, he was asked about that and here is his response positive put things off. >> the first step is to make sure we are stabilizing the current situation and second step to fake on the long term drivers. >> shannon: and asked about the long term drivers. gop issued a statement, talking about entitlements, one issue that has been off-limits here in washington. our budget will lead to where the president high school paled and include real entitlement reforms so we can have a conversation with the american people about the challenges we face and the need to chart a path to prosperity. we hope leaders will demonstrate leadership and join us in working to responsible solutions to confront the economic challenges before us. steve, did they find common ground on entitlements? >> no. that what you read is news of
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the day. he didn't pledge to do anything about serious about them. we had a republican statement that came from the leadership and paul ryan was a commitment to include in the budget that paul ryan is going to be presenting in early april some attempts to deal with entitlement spending. this has been a behind the scenes fight in the republican caucus. the people who want to have serious entitlement reform have won the debate. so you now have republicans committed to putting out a budget that reflects the long term fiscal crisis of the country. the reason this happened i think is because in this debate over the continuing resolution you have house freshmen, republicans tea party types speak up and say we have pledged originally and we ran on commitment to cut $100 billion in non-security discretionary spending. despite the fact there was time
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shift and leadership wanted to cut back, we need to meet that number. what that said to leadership was these freshmen and conservatives have real power. they can tell us what we can and cannot do and leadership wisely decided we're going to take this fight to the white house on entitlements. an opening that came about because the president totally punted on it. >> shannon: how much of a game changer is the talk about entitlements. steve mentioned the friction, that the freshmen are really calling some of the shots for some of the decisions? >> it looks as if the president decided the republicans are going to go ahead and do this and take the risk and be responsible, it looks as if he is going to be opportunistic as he can. the fact that he proposed nothing on this is quite astonishing. a week before his inauguration he talked to "the washington
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post" and he said we can't postpone entitlements and then he goes ahead the first two years of the presidency he ignores it under the excuse, the argument he made, it's emergency a catastrophe we're about to head over a cliff so i'm going have to spend trillions of dollars in deficit spending as a temporary emergency measure. afterwards we'll do entitlements. now is afterwards. this was his state of the union address. this was the budget which is the afterwards. it's after the commission -- he himself had asked to make recommendations. he came in with nothing. that to me meanse is going to cynically run for the next two years against the proposals that republicans are going to make because it's a risk. everybody understands it and it be interesting to see who political cal calculation is better one is american serious
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about debt reduction, will they reward the republicans for courage or reward the democrats for cynicism and protecting every single program zbloornt. >> shannon: he did have a point commission on the debt commission, why he didn't include more of their recommendations. especially he had the support of senator tom coburn, interesting response from him. >> he said he agreed with some of the recommendations but not all of them. interestingly the senator, very conservative republican, said yesterday if the president were to embrace the commission's recommendations and endorse it, he would own it and he would put the republicans on the spot and potentially become a great president in being that bold. then today, it's really not about that. he says i was glad to see republican leaders how come you didn't talk about entitlements, i think that is progress. it really is a game and he
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admitted it was. >> he said and press conference was full of inconsistencies but he said we need to have a moment where we set set aside poll fix and bring democrats and republicans together in a non-partisan way. a reporter spoke up, isn't that what your deficit commission all about? he struggled to answer because frankly there is no answer to the question. >> the answer is, he has to run. as a demagogue, it's been easy. everybody has prepared social security and medicare has gotten it and is it going to be different right now. >> next up, pakistan, should the u.s. continued to support pakistan's government. vote on our poll. we want to hear from you, foxnews.com/special report.
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>> shannon: before the break, should the u.s. support pakistan's government. here the results. 23% have responded, yes so far. 76% say no. thank you very much for voting in our question tonight. back with the panel and we're going to talk about current structure with pakistan that an employee raymond davis is being held after being accused of murdering two pakistani men. here is what the president said about the situation today. >> we've got a simple principle here, that every country in the world that is party to the vienna convention on diplomatic relations has been upheld in the past and should uphold in the
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future. if our diplomats are in another country and they are not subject to that country's local prosecution. >> shannon: yet raymond davis is still being held there. how has the administration handled it so far? >> i like what the president said. we have to be stern about this. in foreign affairs, some things are complicated and others are not and this isn't. anybody holding a diplomatic passport has to be untouchable. we learned our lesson in the iranian hostage crisis 30 years that deeply harmed american deterrence and respect for america around the world. this is an example we cannot tolerate and has to put in question our relations with pakistan. if they insist on playing on are stirring up anti-american sentiment using this case and other cases as well, we have to really what henry kissinger
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called an agonizing reappraisal of our relationship because we are spending huge amounts of treasure and blood for a government that works against us in many ways. this is india's influence. it is a rising world power. it worries about pakistan as much as we do and i wonder if it's the time about thinking turning over the agenda or their responsibility of thinking about turning it over to india. that would get the attention of the pakistanis but not a direct takeover. this is an area where we are heavily invested. pakistan is not a reliable ally. afghanistan is a difficult area for this. this is your area of the world. help us in some way. >> shannon: no question this impacting the relationship. bruce redel in how we are seeing
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it play out. >> the impact of this affair is very clear. we have already suspended one meeting of the tri lateral u.s. pakistan engagement policy. the visit of pakistani president sudari to washington next month is said to be in jeopardy and the promised visit of president obama to pakistan in 2011 is also now in jeopardy. >> shannon: and there is also the question about the billions in aid that we spend to pakistan? >> we do because the afghanistan problem is our pakistan problem which is why i don't know how we can really threaten and cajole senator kerry will go over and pressure them to release mr. davis and remind them of the importance of our strategic alliance. its relationship that is deteriorating. it is a weak settlement. they are providing safe haven
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for the taliban. this is arrest and capture and imprisonment. no matter what the conversation is about aid, this is all about what is on afghanistan, without pakistan i don't know how we can succeed in afghanistan. >> shannon: what do we do that we have taliban leaders, a group linked to al-qaeda. they are threatening if you give raymond davis back to the u.s. you are going pay the price? >> i don't think they need that encouragement to make them doing what they are doing. it's important to note that local officials had leaked the police tape to the pakistan news media to inflame the situation. you have a country where it doesn't take much to inflame the situation. remember the quran situation and i agree with the policy
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implications about the united states with charles. you can't set a precedent you take this lightly or negotiate in some public way. you have to take a hard line, this is unacceptable and this is violation of international law and we will hold you accountable. >> shannon: does senator kerry make a difference? >> if you want to have a polite face for, in but the bottom line is release him now or cut off of aid. a cut of contacts and visits it's going to be a severe price and in the end we may cut you off entirely and leave you on your own. this has to be an issue where there is no compromise hoops. >> what kind of time line do you see? >> a few days. there has to be a response. they can't hold on to this guy. the idea that officials inside that leaked this and made it an issue tells you how hostile the attitude towards the united states inside of what is at
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